Leeds United Star Bradley Johnson Moves To Norwich City

Elland Road talisman on his way to Carrow Road.

Norwich City have signed Leeds United midfielder and free-agent Bradley Johnson subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.

The 24-year-old becomes manager Paul Lambert’s fifth new addition of the summer as the Norfolk club prepare for a first Premier League campaign since 2005.

Johnson will join strikers James Vaughan and Steve Morison, winger Elliott Bennett from Brighton and young Belgian defender Richie De Laet on loan from Manchester United.

The combative midfielder made more than 100 appearances for Leeds, scoring 17 goals including a long-range strike in last season’s FA Cup replay against Arsenal.

After Leeds missed out on promotion, finishing seventh in the Championship, Johnson is relishing his first taste of top-flight action with the Canaries.

“I am over the moon really to get the chance to play in the Premier League with a big club like Norwich City and under a great manager who I have a lot of respect for,” Johnson told the club’s website.

“Paul Lambert has done a fantastic job since he arrived at Norwich and that was one of the main factors in me signing with the club.”

“I have dreamed of playing in the Premier League since I was younger and I feel I have done a lot of hard work to get there, coming up from the Ryman League now all the way to getting a chance in the Premier League, I just can’t wait to get started,” he added.

Lambert feels Johnson can hit the ground running in the Premier League.

“Bradley’s a strong midfielder and will come in and give everybody here a hand,” said the Norwich manager.

“He has played against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in the FA Cup so has played in that big game environment, and for a big club in Leeds United so he’s used to playing in front of crowds.

“I believe he will be another great addition to the club.”

Norwich are also said to be closing in on Anthony Pilkington after Huddersfield yesterday revealed the 23-year-old winger had asked to leave.

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